Lessons learnedKent Klindera, amfAR, thanks Positive Action's support of the MSM Initiative
One of the main things that’s been reinforced through this programme is that it’s absolutely critical to involve the community at every level. The individuals on the ground are the ones who know the best ways to reach MSM in their communities, the best ways to challenge homophobia and transphobia where they live, the best ways to document the issues, and what research is needed in order to successfully advocate for change. And so, to me, the lesson learned is that it’s critical to place decision making power within the community, as opposed to employing a traditional “top down” approach. The individuals on the ground are the ones who know the best ways to affect change in their own backyards.